Arts Guide — Spring 2016
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Literary Arts

H-town has many opportunities for the literary-minded in the coming months. Inprint Houston supports and engages readers and writers of all genres, including poetry. The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series features internationally celebrated writers, including Tracy K. Smith, author of Ordinary Light; Loving Day author Mat Johnson; and Helen Oyeyemi, who wrote What Is Yours Is Not Yours. Public Poetry continues with its library reading series, and Blue Willow Bookshop brings its celebrated TeenBook- Con 2016 — the only one of its kind in the country — to Alief Taylor High School in April. The Holocaust Museum Houston will be discussing Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower, which recounts his experiences during the Holocaust in a discussion of moral ethics; the book’s second half is a symposium of answers from Holocaust survivors and former Nazis.

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Inspiring Readers and Writers in Houston

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series is celebrating its 35th season this year. Its formula has proven successful: an evening centered around a writer, an onstage interview conducted by a writer or scholar, and a book sale or signing that allows audience members to meet the authors. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy K. Smith will read from her candid memoir, Ordinary Light, in a special presentation hosted by Rice University Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs and Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. Smith’s book tells the story of a young girl who wants to go out and do great things.

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series event featuring Tracy K. Smith is February 29 at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall.

A Festival for Emerging Writers

In February, Writespace presents Writefest, a weeklong festival for emerging writers with panels, presentations, mini workshops and more. Programs include “Fiction Workshop — Acting Out of Character: Putting the ‘Mystery of Personality’ to Use”; “Witches, Wizards and Wormholes: Special Topics in Speculative Fiction”; and “Flash Fiction Workshop — Flash A La Carte.” Other workshops cover both poetry and creative nonfiction, and the event will culminate with a weekend literary journal fair that includes editors from more than 20 nationally known journals.

Writespace’s Writefest is February 22-28 at Silver Street Studios

He Delivers Edge-of-Your-Seat Suspense

With eight consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, Harlan Coben has proven himself to be a master of suspense, leaving plenty of clues for the reader and still making us jump at the end with multiple plot twists. There’s a Houston connection, too, as his son is attending Rice University. Murder By The Book is hosting a book signing at Rice, with university president David Leebron slated to interview the author. Purchase Coben’s latest thriller, Fool Me Once, in advance or at the event. This one’s another page-turner: Former special ops pilot Maya comes to terms with her own deep secrets and deceit, as well as the incredible truth about her husband.

Murder By The Book presents Harlan Coben at Rice University March 24.